Frosted Sugar Cookie
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Frosted Sugar CookieFrosted Sugar Cookie
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From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #101
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,084
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 10.36%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
23
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 01, 2022
Added:
Nov 13, 2021
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  4
SCORE
87
Very Good
Frosted Sugar CookieFrosted Sugar Cookie
Notes: Gather ‘round the fire with all of your closest friends and cozy up to this delicious spectacle of pure sweetness that is sure to sprinkle your wintry days with joy. You won’t believe it’s beer and not a tin full of iced confections. Our Frosted Sugar Cookie Ale is full of soft and airy vanilla and cake notes, iced to perfection. Happy Holidays from ours to yours.
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Rated: 3.96 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Dec 01, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Let's get this right out of the way -- yes, it smells and tastes like sugar cookies. Yes, it's good.

Pours a light gold with moderate carbonation and a standard two finger head. Aroma is sweet, cookies (specifically, sugar cookies -- how on earth you craft that in a beer, I don't know). Vanilla is something I also detect. Taste is sweet and tastes of cookies. The profile is all forward, with little at the end of the taste. Where the ABV hides is beyond me.

All in all, worthy of sampling and drinking.
Nov 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.14 by OhioLimoncello from Ohio

Nov 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
With a little extra dose of alcohol and to a lesser extent, hops, the smell of sugar cookies hits the air. It's been unleashed by opening two twelve ounce brown bottles and emptying them into a clear glass liter mug. There's a slightly foamy head, but it's not offensive. It's soft and just slightly off-white. The liquid is light copper-amber in color and it's rather translucent. But, the sweetness within the aroma leaves no doubt this is on the right track toward its destination.
Of course, it's sweet and only an illiterate could complain about that. It's a desert beer and it's from a brewer that excells producing them. This may be their most ambitious attempt at replicating a sweet taste, as the original is so basic. So far, it looks like a highly crafted lager and smells like a sugar cookie. Taste and mouthfeel are interchanged as one. It's sweet and it's smooth, with a nice body. It's so smooth, especially for its 8.6% ABV, that it goes down way too easily. But, it's not overly sweet and there are many other desert brews that drink sweeter than this. It approaches their Creme Brule, but it's not quite as spot on. Thankfully, it's a little maltier than a simple sugar cookie, so there are more layers to taste. Another nice desert alternative from a brewery that does them so well, this is worth a try, unless desert beers are off your menu. Not so great with the glass lacing, but it's not absent and few brews with an eight plus ABV perform highly there.
Nov 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Nov 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.83 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Oct 28, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was pretty good and I would have it a couple more times I believe. It's kind of just sweet and sugary but it's a little different than other offerings around.

Starting to like this a lot more now and I've gained more appreciation for Southern Tier as a whole. The base feel is great and the more i have it the more it tastes closer to frosting
Oct 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.88 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jun 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.36 by jdezelick from Virginia

May 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by ImperatorScab from Tennessee

Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12 oz bottle split with my brother-in-law. Pours a clear dark yellow with a creamy head. Aroma and flavor feature sugar, sweet vanilla, caramel, and plenty of booze, with a hint of citrus. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Not complex, cloying, and too boozy for the abv. Glad I wasn't trying to drink the whole bottle myself.
Feb 10, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Feb 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by Nunya from Ohio

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a clear pale gold. Light sweet aroma. I only bought this because it's southern tier. I had low expectations. Very sweet sugary body. Light sweet finish. Pretty smooth. A little too sweet for me. Not really my kind of beer.
Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Not a bad imperial sugar cookie ale just overly sweet almost as sweet as the creme brulee. Drinks sweet then mildly grassy with the old ale shining then fades to sweet. At times I wanted more but remembered no spice no thrills just a sweet vanilla cookie. Drank a bit warm and the abv didn't really hit maybe slightly medical on repeated sips. Overall not bad but I definitely had better imperial beers from this brewery.
Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden/amber color in the glass. Excellent clarity. Short lived white head. Small spots of lacing.

S: Grainy malt base with a mild toastiness to it. Whiff of green and grassy hops and perhaps a flash of lemon. Constant undercurrents of sugary lactose and cake-like vanilla start a bit muted, but become a lot more apparent as it warms.

T: Sort of opposite to the nose. Lots of sugary sweetness on the attack. A lot of apparent sugary lactose for sure, and it does come across rather like icing. Cake-y vanilla. Quite sweet. The beer-y aspects of it come to the forefront on the mid-palate. There's a nice grainy character that is clean and mildly toasty. Mild hop bitterness and mild green, grassy, and oily hop flavor. It actually finishes drier than expected given the big sugary start, but there's still some trailing lactose with doughy malt and a bit of fading hop bitterness.

M: Medium-full body. Creamy, but also a good deal of residual sugar gives it a mild mouth-coating feel. Crisp carbonation provides some lift and does enhance drinkability.

O: It delivers on the sugar cookie promise, but it never really feels like it comes together well. The beer-y aspects of it feel at odds with the dessert concept and never really mesh. It's quite sweet, too. Very close to cloying. The hop bitterness in particular seems out of place, which is something I've personally noted in some of Southern Tier's other dessert beers. Still a respectable stab at a tough concept, I suppose, but not one I'm much interested in revisiting.
Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Poured a golden color with a thin layer of head. There wasn't much of a nose at all - a little butter, a little vanilla.

The flavor was fairly awful. It tasted like a blend of butter and cough syrup.

Mostly, I am fond of ST's dessert style beers. But, this one was far off the mark.
Jan 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Dec 28, 2021
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle

pours fairly clear, medium yellow golden in color. foamy white head. aroma of pale malts with a bit of sugary vanilla sweetness. taste is similar. I guess it accomplishes the intention, but I was a little underwhelmed. medium bodied.
Dec 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the side of the label: "BEST BY 10/18/22 LKW 21291 090603"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a medium shade of gold with a light bit of haze. It has a medium-sized fluffy white head with good retention.

Aroma: It takes quite a bit of agitation to get an aroma from the beer but it comes across as a bit of lemon zest and a very light vanilla. It smells a bit like a lemon chiffon cake. The more the beer sits under the nose the more of a cake aroma it takes on. The aroma is nice but very subtle.

Taste: Up front there is a very sweet tasting vanilla character which is strong. As it crosses over the middle of the palate it tastes a bit like vanilla oat milk. It definitely has a sweet character which is nice but the beer doesn't develop much across the palate.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth and easy to drink with good carbonation. The label states that this is "ALC 8.6% BY VOL" and it does an outstanding job of hiding it.

Overall: The bottle doesn't seem to label the ingredients on the beer but the name is "FROSTED Sugar COOKIE" and it definitely lives up to that name. There is a pleasant vanilla sweetness to the beer which would certainly appease any sweet tooth. This would be a great beer for those looking for a lighter alternative to the normal pastry stouts on the market. The color is much lighter but also the overall presence of the beer is also lighter. Although the aroma is somewhat muted and the flavor profile is a simple "vanilla sweet bomb" it delivers on what it promises, and for that I would recommend it. I probably wouldn't drink a lot of this but I would definitely buy it again if it shows up next year.
Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle. White head. Clear golden color.

Sweet and sugar cookie. I get the cookie vibe. A bit of vanilla. Not really sure what I’m picking up on. Frosting?

Medium bodied but a touch of the abv shows.

Fun Xmas beer.
Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A- cloudy orange in color. minimal head and no lacing.

S- just malt and not much more

F- sweet sugar and strong. overpowering.

M- too sweet and light bodied. taste like sugar cane

O- too sweet but not bad overall.
Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.71 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Dec 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.14 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Dec 13, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
like grandma's cookies sweet creamy all most want a glass of milk on the side
Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
DATE: December 11, 2021... OCCASION: home from celebrating my father-in-law's birthday, I turn to what promises to be a festive offering... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... I thought this was oddly labeled a strong ale, but its pour reinforces that--a swiftly flattening head that leaves no trace into a sallow orange amber with streams of small bubbles--its second bottle creates a half-finger of white head that stays long enough to redact the first bottle's lack of froth... vanilla, toffee, sweet cake dough malts, frosting, confectioner's sugar, and hints of citrus and copper pipe.... this strikes the notes of a nice dessertif--and draws the drinker into its first sip... smooth at the start, it hits the teeth sharply before flowing into a long-lasting , creamy resonance... its flavor profile is robust, with cake dough, icing, orange, vanilla, and sweet sugar makes this a strong offering, filling, flavorful, and worth seeking out... I will pick up another four for Jer for Christmas, for sure...
Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours an effervescent gold with one finger of rapidly disappearing beige head. Average head & lacing

S: Vanilla, cakeyness, faded as it warmed, plus a little lemon

T: Sugar frosting, dryness, a touch of lemon up front. Dryness takes over, plus vanilla cake as this warms. Vanilla frosting in the finish, plus plenty of dryness. A little hard to down due to the dryness, a sipper

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Delivers on the promised flavors, just ain't much of sugar cookie fan; usually love their sweet stuff. Had a Beignet beer in NOLA that was way better than this recently
Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours golden with not much lacing. Smell isfrasted sugar cookies with vanilla. Taste is sweet and vanilla. I should not be disappointed, it is called froasted sugar cookies. They nailed the flavor. Too sweet for my taste.
Dec 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by Adamhav

Dec 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2021
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Best by date of 10/20/22, so guessing this is < 2wks old. Pulled from an outdoor storage cabinet, so initially @ 28-30F.

Clear light reddish-orange, with slight off-white head.

Smell from the bottle is Grandma H. 's skinny jar of whole vanilla beans that were preserved in some now-unclear boozy liquid. (4.5) . Aroma from the glass is basically .....vanilla cake, with a little of that boozy vanilla from the bottle (the frosting ;) ) (4.0) , so split the difference - 4.25.

Taste is essentially a boozy version of the name of the beer : vanilla/cookie/creme icing.

Feel is ... almost irrelevant....that said > medium, barely-slick, light, very fine, slightly burning carbonation, with a light, pleasant alcohol-induced warming on the latter half. Somehow, a dry aftertaste/feel.

Overall, a pretty good job at achieving the goal of tasting like how it's named.But.......I'm guessing that there's a limit on how good that thing can be. Also guessing that it will be a bit better with a few months (3-5?) age on it, so there is hope that it can be better. Like it, but glad I only got a single. Not nauseatingly sweet, as it could have devolved into, so that is a plus. Overall, a positive experience.
Dec 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by Rainintheface from Florida

Nov 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.89 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
well, it is as the name advertises. but in the end just too sugary for me. would benefit from a little bite of something to counter act it. oh, well.
L: from teh bottle. stylish
S: sweet, sweet, sweet.
T: delivers on the nose
F: smooth
O: sorry, too sweet and cloying for me. ymmv.
Nov 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a golden color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Sweet aroma of brown sugar and vanilla. Taste is sweet, like a sugar cookie. Light body with lots of sugary sweetness at the finish.
Nov 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.91 by goblue3509 from Pennsylvania

Nov 17, 2021
Frosted Sugar Cookie from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 44 ratings